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Coronavirus rocks the China-Russia partnership

As price of oil slides and Beijing mends US trade ties, Moscow frets

MOSCOW -- Russia on Thursday imposed a temporary ban on Chinese nationals entering the country, its most radical step yet to prevent the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.

The previous month, on Jan. 31, the Kremlin closed 16 of 25 crossing points on its border with China. Shortly thereafter it suspended electronic visas to Chinese citizens, halted most flights and trains to and from China, and postponed an annual investment forum in the Black Sea resort of Sochi that had been expected to attract a large number of Chinese businesspeople.

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